Friday’s Five – Eventer biographies to give you some extra determination

Mark Todd & NZB Campino.


Friday’s Five – Eventer biographies to give you some extra determination

There is nothing like immersing yourself in a good book. If you are a horse crazy eventer you will absolutely LOVE reading these top eventers’ biographies. The majority of riders will never win an Olympic medal or even be long listed for an Olympic team but simply reading about accomplishing such great feats is enough to leave you feeling inspired. Get your hands on a copy of these eventer biographies; reading them will teach you a tremendous deal about the sport and motivate you to make the most out of your riding career.


Mark Todd book 2

1) Mark Todd’s Second Chance: The Autobiography and So Far, So Good: Reading these two books will give you some insight on what it takes to be the “Rider Of The Century”. Mark Todd (NZL) won back-to-back individual gold at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics before ‘retiring’ from Eventing in 2000. His retirement was short lived; he made his return to Eventing in 2007, then went on to compete at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and became the oldest rider to win the Badminton CCI4*. His first book “So Far, So Good” is his firsthand account of his career and family life up until 1998 and in his second book, “Second Chance: The Autobiography” he shares what it was like to comeback from retirement into a changed sport. You need to read Mark Todd’s autobiographies because they are practically a two-part Eventing bible.


Mark King book

2) Mary King The Autobiography: This is the story of how one of the world’s best female eventers battled her way to the top of the sport with hard work and talent. Mary King (GBR) did not come from a privileged background; she had to earn every ounce of her success in this sport. She has represented her country at six Olympics and has won countless medals at numerous major games. Mary is also a mother of two. Reading her story will show you how much grit it takes to make it as a world-class eventer.



O'Connors Book

3) David and Karen O’Connor’s Life in the Galloping Lane: David and Karen O’Connor (USA) are one of the most powerful Eventing couples in history. Between the two of them, they have won five Olympic medals. David is the previous coach of the US Eventing Team and Karen is the Mexican Eventing team coach. American Eventing would not be the same without the impact the O’Connors have made on the sport. You need to read this book to understand the highs and lows that come with Eventing and pursuing a sport as a couple.


Andrew book

4) Focused: Andrew Nicholson: Andrew Nicholson (NZL) is a man who has impressed and fascinated the Eventing world for years. He started his life as a boy on a farm in New Zealand and at only 19 he made the bold move to the UK to train as an eventer. His move paid off, he rode at his first Olympics when he was 23 and has now represent his country at six Olympic Games and six world championships, winning medal after medal. Open up a this spectacular book to find out how a boy from a humble upbringing has made it to the top, the personalities of his top horses and some of his tricks of the trade.


Pippa book

5) Pippa Funnell: The Autobiography: To this day, Pippa Funnell (GBR) is the only rider to ever win the Rolex Grand Slam. She is a walking legend that almost every little girl with Eventing dreams idolizes. But it was not always clear that Pippa was going to become a top rider; when she was younger she was usually unable to pull off a good result at big competitions. Pippa’s story is one of overcoming self-doubt and transforming weaknesses into strengths. This book will leave you feeling encouraged to push through any riding roadblocks you encounter on your Eventing journey.


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